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that toppled the cia director, former general david petraeus. abc's brian ross looked into this question. did the two women involved in the scandal try to make a profit off their ties to powerful officers? here's the brian ross investigation. >> reporter: in addition to the book and the sex, paula broadwell's connection with general david petraeus provided another benefit. a celebrity status in military circles that led to a role as an expert commentator and firing range demonstrator in an infomercial for a company trying to gain military contracts for this strange looking machine gun. >> on the individual fighter, reducing weight is critical. >> reporter: on this tape, shot last december in the midst of her affair with the four-star general running the cia, broadwell is identified as the author of the petraeus biography. in a previous infomercial six years ago, she had no speaking part and simply demonstrated the gun. officials at the company, located in virginia beach, said broadwell has no official affiliation with them, but would not answer abc news questions about why they chose to use h
press conference today, he talked about the scandal that took down the head of the cia, the looming fiscal crisis that could raise taxes for everyone on january 1st and then, he came out swinging in defense of one member of his team. and abc's jonathan karl was right there in that room asking questions. jon? >> reporter: diane, this was a confident president today, eager to lay out his agenda for the coming months, but first, he had to face questions on that scandal that has shaken his national security team. in his first comments on the sex scandal that brought down his cia director, the president said petraeus failed to meet his own standards, but he also praised him. >> we are safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done. and my main hope right now is that this ends up being a single side note on what has otherwise been an extraordinary career. >> reporter: he also addressed the central question. did the scandal put national security at risk? >> i have no evidence at this point, from what i've seen, that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had
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